Drink Plenty of Water during these “Dog Days of Summer”

If not, you may find yourself a victim of dehydration—a condition that in its most severest form, can cause organ damage and even death.

Dehydration occurs when the body has too little water—simply put: too much water is being lost, while not enough water is coming in.

While anyone spending time outdoors can become dehydrated, typically, athletes, children, the elderly, and those who work outdoors are more susceptible, which is why emergency medicine physicians urge everyone to always carry bottled water with them to avoid dehydration dangers that can have severe consequences.

Tips to Avoid Dehydration and Heat Illnesses

By following these simple tips, you can lower your chances of becoming dehydrated:

  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after any outdoor activity.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Increase the amount of time you spend outdoors every day little by little.
  • Take a lot of rest breaks while outdoors in hot weather.
  • Avoid direct sunlight and stay in the shade when possible.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, open-weave clothes.
  • Avoid activities that require you to wear a helmet.
  • Try to schedule activities or workouts early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Avoid heavy outdoor activity between 10am and 6pm, when the sun is hottest.

Signs of Mild or Moderate Dehydration

  • Thirst
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Not peeing very much
  • Dark yellow pee
  • Dry, cool skin
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Rapid heartbeat and/or breathing
  • Sleepiness, lack of energy, confusion or irritability
  • Fainting

Head to the Emergency Room

It is imperative that you head to the emergency room if you or someone you’re with experiences any of the following signs:

  • An uncontrolled fever
  • Seizures
  • Continuous vomiting for more than a day
  • Continuous diarrhea for more than two days
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Lack of urine for 12 hours or more
  • Unconsciousness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Chest Pain
  • Severely dried lips
  • Sunken eyes
  • No urine output for 12 or more hours

When experiencing these signs and symptoms of dehydration, a visit to an emergency room is highly recommended where you can be monitored and treated with the appropriate medications and intravenous fluids. At Clear Choice ER, our emergency-trained physicians will immediately assess your condition and prescribe the appropriate treatment. We are open seven days a week, 365 days a year, without wait times.

Article by Dr. Diaz., Clear Choice ER